Councillor Dave Tyler is working with Dudley North MP Ian Austin and members of the local community to secure funding for a blue plaque commemorating local footballing hero Duncan Edwards.
Blue plaques, a scheme supported by English Heritage, celebrates the link between notable figures and the place they lived and grew up.
Edwards lived on the Priory estate in Dudley and signed for Manchester United as a teenager, he first honed his skills in Priory Park where the plaque is set to be placed. He died following the Munich Air Crash on February 6th 1958.
Councillor Tyler has started a fundraising page to help try and reach the £2,000 needed for the plaque. Details can be found at www.duncanedwardsplaque.co.uk
Duncan Edwards was the youngest-ever England international until Michael Owen broke his record. 177 appearances and 21 goals for United. 18 caps and five goals for England. He won the league championship twice and was runner-up in the FA Cup final in 1957. And all this in so short a career.
Councillor Dave Tyler said:
“Duncan Edwards is one of the town’s most successful sons. He grew up on the Priory estate, attended Priory Primary and spent the majority of his weekends playing football with his friends at Priory Park.
“It would be a great to have an official blue plaque to celebrate his local roots in the area where he practiced and polished his skills as a youngster.”
Ian Austin MP said:
“For anyone like me, who grew up in Dudley, the name of Duncan Edwards is synonymous with the town and your childhood; your school competed for the Duncan Edwards Cup; you saw the stained glass windows at St Francis’s Church. When you went swimming you’d see the shirts and the caps at the leisure centre.
"He still is an inspiration for so many people in Dudley. We should be celebrating his achievement and a blue plaque will add to his memory."